Step Away from Isolation With "Midnight"

Emerging straight from her South African chrysalis, Michèle Ducray had a great affinity for music, even from a very young age. She was heavily inspired by her surroundings growing up, with early musical influences, including Pavarotti, Prince, Elvis, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Now residing in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is currently working on recording, producing, and releasing multiple singles that are sure to draw attention from an eager audience.

Enlisting producers extraordinaire Devin Abrams and Simon Gooding on her debut single, "Midnight,” this evocative, grand masterpiece dips into a narrative of tragedy and awareness on how those isolated can feel in times of uncertainty.

Creating a mysterious atmosphere that is chalked full of multidimensional textures, the ominous hues fuse together with a propelled liberation that captures the radical essence of the electronic elements weaved into this production. The instrumentation flourishes in a gallant setting as the bolstered foundation of the musicality sweeps up Michèle Ducray’s striking timbres in order to project the vision's ultimate reality throughout this dreamscape. For a debut single, you hear a matured product that has been revisited by the finer details as you fixate yourself upon the minuscule details that make this artistic canvas a memorable one.

Michèle Ducray has a knack for bringing forth vivid imagery that shapes our headspace in a way reflective of her thoughts when creating “Midnight.” Tapping into a sector of our lives that is not only retable but relevant to the world’s current state, the connection that we build towards Michèle Ducray peaks at an all-time high.

Through the thick of the resonance that speaks for itself, we can’t wait to be absorbed by the earworm creations that Michèle Ducray has in store for us next.

Welcome to BuzzMusic, Michèle Ducray. Your debut single, “Midnight,” has us wanting to dive deeper into who you are as an artist. With this song being written during Covid-19 did you find that the songwriting process was different in terms of how this inspiration sparked?

Thank you so much! I'm so grateful to be featured. What an awesome question! Generally, I get ideas for my songs in the shower, on car rides, in moments where I'm feeling most at ease. Words + lyrics + melodies, just randomly creep up on me. This time, was no different, except the all-around vibe had a more haunting feel placed within. When Covid first hit, I think everyone's vibe on a mass-scale was a bit lower than usual, so I was inspired through that, hence, my chords took a more "minor" turn when creating the hooks + verses. When writing it, I was visualizing driving alone at night through an empty city and how that usually makes me feel. What you hear in "Midnight", is a product of that.

What does this song say about you as an artist and individual? What are you hoping that your listeners can take away from it?

I feel like it shows my darker side. As someone, who continuously struggles with the ups and downs of life, it really expresses who I am. A "true-to-the-form", Gemini, I like to say! I was feeling extra low at that point in my life and sometimes it helps to get that feeling out by "writing it away". I hope that it gives people who can relate a renewed sense of purpose, after listening to it. To show that there's always light in the darkest of times.

Working with Devin Abrams and Simon Gooding truly brought out an amazing product for you. How did this collaboration come to be?

Ooh yes, thank you! As a great admirer of Devin's past production's I contacted him to jump on board, after recording the initial version with Simon. I felt like his past experience in DnB would give it that delicious, liquid vibe I'd been wanting as a kind of "cherry on top". I reached out to both of them after looking for producers I feel would really be able to capture my different kind of "dark pop" vision - and they agreed to work with me! I was super stoked to see that come to fruition. They make one helluva team!

Does “Midnight” foreshadow what’s to come in your music catalog? What does your audience have in store for future releases?

I feel "Midnight" was such an amazing starting point for me. It will always hold the most special place in my heart. I love that it was certainly a chill, dark, alternative start for me but one that I feel truly captures my voice, as an artist. I will definitely be traveling the more "pop-prone" route, however, I'm gonna add my own series of twists onto this. The next songs will be a bit faster and more "pumping", to lift your spirits from that, haha! I can't wait to show everyone what I've got coming up next, you're in for a bit of a treat!

What's next for you?

A few singles coming your way for sure! I'm in the process of looking into further production for them but once that's sorted, by following all of my social channels you'll be the first to hear of any new releases/upcoming projects! Hopefully, a music video to go with the next single, as well. I've also just landed a huge NYE festival slot, run by Sub180, called "Rolling Meadows", based in New Zealand, so that's super exciting! And of course, a lot more live original shows! My guitarist, Jesse Bruce, who I refer to as a "tech-whizz", and myself, are putting together this "down-to-the-wire" digitally-infused based show to make our future live shows extra amazing! You've all gotta come check it out, one day!